Dole Reign Ends in North Carolina

Undecided Races

ALASKA
  Mark Begich (D): Begich is the current mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, a heavily Republican area that could see voters stray from the scandal-ridden GOP candidate.

Ted Stevens (R): The longest-serving Republican senator in the United States was found guilty of seven felony counts one week before Election Day, a scandal that some say could hurt his chances at re-election.

GEORGIA
  Jim Martin (D): Martin has served 18 years in the Georgia state legislature and made an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2006. While he's not favored to win, Martin could benefit from a large black turnout and the excitement Obama has ignited within the state.

Saxby Chambliss (R): Favored to win, Chambliss, a first-term incumbent who won a high-profile victory over Democrat Max Cleland in 2002, has taken heat for approving the $700 billion financial bailout plan.

With third-party Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley pulling votes away from both Chambliss and Martin, Georgia's Senate seat may be decided in a run-off election Dec. 2.

Georgia law dictates that candidates must win 50 percent of the vote to win. With third-party Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley pulling votes away, the Georgia could be headed for a Dec. 2 run-off.

MINNESOTA
  Al Franken (D) : The comedian poses a real threat to Coleman in Minnesota; as has happened in other states, the economic crisis has lifted Democratic prospects in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Norm Coleman (R) : The incumbent has remained popular during his tenure in the Senate but has suffered from the waning popularity of the GOP.

Dean Barkley (I) : Barkley served in the Senate for two months to fill the unexpired term of Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone who died in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 congressional elections. Republican officials fear that Barkley started drawing more votes from Coleman than from Franken because Coleman decided to refrain from negative campaigning.

OREGON
  Jeff Merkley (D) : The state House speaker is favored to win in the largely Democratic state where he has used his opponent's pro-bailout stance against him.

Gordon Smith (R): The incumbent has not done well in trying to separate himself from the current administration and align with the Democrats. Smith has used Democrats in many of his campaign ads, which has hurt his popularity among conservative voters.

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